The day started off cleaning a Black Stainless Steel First Generation Performer Up. She had quite a buildup of charcoal on the bowl but after a couple of hours of razor blade and steel wool she came out shining-
The afternoon brought about a walk around the Back Shore and Past The Wharf. On this walk I’d taken dozens of times and at an old apartment house I’d driven past thousands and thousands of times was a neglected pretty rare Green 18 inch Weber One-Touch Premium. She’s in very rough shape. Needing a new lid vent, a new handle(this one is melted), new charcoal and cooking grates and some serious deep cleaning. The frame and table are in very good shape though.
I spotted her on the walk but was not going to be stopping as I was with my beautiful Kate.
Later that evening I knocked on the door and asked if it was for sale. It had probable been sitting there untouched for years. We came to an agreement and she’s now in my care.
Getting home I unloaded the Green One-Touch Premium and pulled the Dove Grey Special Edition Crate and Barrel 2nd Generation Performer around front smoke the Atomic Buffalo Turd Stuffed Avocados that Kate prepared and reverse sear a NY Strip Steak. Both were elegant. Stuffing avocados and smoking them is my new favorite thing to grill.
Here’s the stuffing recipe from Kate-
“I didn’t follow a specific recipe. Ive made jalapeño popper dip in the past and just tossed the same ingredients in a bowl. Cream cheese (at room temp) maybe 1/2 cup. TBS of mayo and sour cream. Some shredded cheese, tsp of grated parm, chopped bacon and jalapeños. Mix and spoon on top of avacado. I topped it with a sprinkle or panko crumbs and a little more bacon.
Next time, I’ll add more mix to it- so double of everything. There was a lot of avacado vs popper mix.”
A very Weber day…
She came to me in good physical shape. Solid frame, a few minor scrapes around the rim on the lid but in need of a deep cleaning.
Before and after.
Working gas- assist
So she’s in pretty good shape other than a ton of pollen and a dirty bowl. For the most part she simply needs a good douching.
Here’s how she looks at the start-
The bowl with some dishwashing liquid to loosen up the crud.-
Halfway cleaned with the razor blade scraper and a some super fine steel wool-
I’ll keep working the bowl, look for the updates today
Now to work the outside-
Need some Back to Black to brighten up the frame and wheels. When I first looked at the table it looked like it was badly stained but much of the dark marks that were visible wiped right off.
Chicken thighs/ smashed red bliss potatoes using the Upper Deck for increased offset cooking space.
Our buddy Anthony Caturano At Tonno took the second SS Performer. Immediately I had a empty pit in my stomach, without a Performer to cook on at the dock. Truth be told I really enjoy the restoration process and needed another project so I searched out another Performer looking for some love.
So this beautiful gem fell into my lap look at the bottom of this post:)
It’s a second generation Weber Performer. Each of the Generations of the Performers have things I like about them.
The classic lines on the first generation Stainless Steel ones, the only performers to use stainless steel. (Here’s the performer Anthony took)
The Black Frame on the second generation.(This is the first Performer I ever acquired)
The Wheels on the third Generation.
The Black Metal table on the fourth generation. (This is actually my 3rd gen with a 4th gen table.
And here is the latest- The DR Code Green, should clean up nicely. When the light comes I’ll test the gas assist to see if it’s working. With or without the gas assist I love the functionality of the attached table and bin on the Performers.
The Before Pictures- DR Code Green Weber Performer
The ash catcher assembly had a bit of a droop in the back so one of my fishermen had some shark fishing stainless steel 175lb leader wire so we snugged it up tight.
I may invest in a dremel tool with a buffer attachment and hit the ash catcher with some polish. Anyone have a recommendation for a certain type brand? Sears had some sets for sale.
She’s pretty secure now.
What a nice surprise when I got to the dock this morning.
4:30AM and Joey Ciolino dropped off the frame, put together.
He used brackets and I think these are called sheet metal screws to firm it up and then he spray painted over them with black. I had to really look to even notice because it blended in. To A Weber Grillfella it would be obvious if you were focusing your attention at the base of the grill but I don’t think 99% of the population would think it was anything but standard. Its really solid with the threaded rod and the brackets.
Next to get cleaning, a combination of scotchbrite pads, steel wool, water, dishwashing detergent and elbow grease.
Lots of surface dirt and stains. Most came out.
I think I’ll pick up a bristled brush to scrub the grey plastic handles. The little grooves are tough to get into to clean.
While Joey Ciolino Works his welding magic to make the frame on this classic Performer rock solid I’ve been cleaning the lid, gas assist cover and bottom rack.
First hit the lid with some dawn and 000 steel wool.
Before and After-
The Lid Vent Is Pretty Sweet Now-
The Gas Assist Cover Shined Up Nice With A Scotch Brite Pad
And Lastly The Bottom Grill Rack Buffed and Cleaned
Got that last nut and the base is secure. Can’t figure out what this wire rod goes to but it did come in handy this morning. I placed the top part of the frame on top of the base to see how it lined up and hooked up the 5lb propane tank to try it out. First ten clicks nothing but I did smell propane. So I stuck the wire rod into the burner tube thinking maybe there was an obstruction, twirling it around a bit. After that, success!
My buddy Joey Ciolino who is a master welder picked her up to secure the top of the frame to the base. I’m excited to see his work!
Last night Super K and I chowed down on some Atomic Buffalo Turds made on the 2010 AD Code Performer-